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Having Our Say3  builds upon our learnings from the success of the Having Our Say Too project, and offers young people the opportunity to make sense of their experiences for future safeguarding, and equip practitioners and parents to better support them.  

The young people have participated in a 3-month photography project, exploring different themes that offer a context to sexual exploitation, including gender, power and relationships. They have also developed their creative skills and understanding of visual literacy, photography and storytelling techniques.

The work created on the project represents their thoughts, responses and experiences through photography and text. Through developing their own digital stories, this process has enabled them to both make sense of their experiences and share their perspectives on the issues.

All the young people have had the opportunity to achieve a SEPE (Supporting Employability and Personal Effectiveness) BTEC certificate as part of each project.




Project Managers – Kate Watson, Becky Warnock, Helen Cammock




I want to talk a little bit about what the course is and why it’s so brilliant; it is about telling your story of sexual exploitation and I feel part of getting over something is by expressing the way you feel in many different ways and not just talking because this is difficult sometimes and this is why PhotoVoice is such a brilliant experience.”

- Project participant, Avlon 

Read Avlon’s full blog here



“When I was 15 I ran away- things were getting stressful at home and my mum didn’t understand what I was going through and thought that my bad behaviour was due to a teenage phase but actually I was at the cusp of having a psychotic episode.” © Avlon 2015 | PhotoVoice | NWG | Having Our Say 3 | UK

The Resource

This website is a resource for service providers and professionals to deliver services and workshops that are directly informed by the experiences and perspectives of young people themselves. The activities have been created in response to their work, ensuring that the input from the participants directly supports other young people across the UK to understand the issues and context of sexual exploitation, furthering their capacity to safeguard themselves.

The resource draws upon up to date policy from government recommendations for the sector, and provides practitioners with a range of activities to ensure they can provide the best possible provision. This includes awareness raising preventative activities focusing on future safe guarding with young people, intervention based work to support practitioners working directly with affected young people at various stages of their provision, information about best practice for reporting concerns about victims or offenders, as well as ideas for wider public awareness campaigns. This is based on Local Safeguarding Children’s Board mandatory provision, as well as drawing upon research of best practice from Youth, Education and Violence Against Women and Girls services.



Project Partners

The NWG is a charitable organisation formed as a UK network of over 13 000 practitioners who disseminate information down through their services, to professionals working on the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and trafficking within the UK.

Barnado’s is working  to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.Their mission is to reach and help those children whose voices are unheard and whose needs are unmet and defend, safeguard and support them at key moments to change their lives for the better.


The Men’s Room mission is to empower young men in Manchester through creative engagement an support them to make positive life change.Their vision is for a future where marginalised young men are given the support they need.

The NSPCC is a children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. They help children who have been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening.



Project Funders

Special Thanks

PhotoVoice is extremely grateful to the following for supporting the project and this resource:

  • Evan Cornish Foundation
  • Persula Foundation
  • Mercers’ Company
  • Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust
  • Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust

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